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  1. Hello again!! We are counting the days until this beautiful event comes to an end, i am counting the days until i finish!! So lets get down to the last week and start it with finalizing the acrylic logos!! What was done is unstick the pieces clean them and stick them back together using some liquid fiberglass!! Here is the process!! Here are the pieces glued together with the fiberglass!! The re allign was tricky enough as i had to be cautious and watch the outline of the logos!! More to come this week!! Until next update, Peace Brothers!!
  2. As a Half Life 2 fan, i have an obligation to make a case mod around the best fps game that has ever released. I've been thinking about it since my last case mod that participated in an international (2012) event (sadly it was never completed as the website that the competition held got issues as far as i can remember). So, in a few words, i will be fusing a few techniques of mine and some others in order to achieve the best result that i imagined and thinking about. Rusting, crackle paint, scorched looked exterior side panel and color splash or even some paintbrush are the main tools to achieve something great and most of all something that i have always been dreaming of. So, Half Life 2: Gordon Freeman edition is commencing!! I will soon be posting pictures, so be patient and i hope that i fulfill my dream since 2012 and beyond!! The "victim" will be a Cavalier case!!
  3. Hello again!! Here is the work made with the 5.25" bay where the Freeman will be placed!! I'm doing it that way in order to paint it just like i wanted and have that effect i have on the face door panel!! Liquid fiberglass is a tricky material, you might get itch if you don't work in a well ventilated room or area!! There are only few steps to finalize the whole project so the eye of the Freeman will be harsh!! Until next update, Peace Brothers!!
  4. Hello again!! Last night i thought why should i bother myself with acrylic where the Freeman will be placed and not cover it with fiberglass?? Instantly i decided to do it!! My fiberglass hair was wet and used some cloth!! Now i am ready to make the first mixture!! Here is the area with some spare hair i had!! I let it cure overnight and now i will go for some inspection and further enhancement!!
  5. Here goes the rest of the process, i made some fiberglass mixture and added some droplets of the liquid and spreaded them along the coverage I added some more material on top of the logo's part!! So, now, i'll let it cure for a couple of hours or maybe overnight and next morning i will finalize the previously made lamda and the lamda for the other side panel, until then Peace Brothers!!
  6. Hello again!! Today was the day that i will be finalizing the second 2 logo!! So, lets get started!! I took the previously made 2 and marked the area of the thick acrylic!! Now, for the cutting, i decided to try something old, i took this kind of cutting bit for the dremel and started cutting the outline of the 2!! This bit is mostly used with a guide bolted on the nose of every dremel!! I must say this kind of cutting is much easier and more detailing because you control the dremel and where the cutting process goes!! Next i decided to attach the two pieces together to sand them down!! Seeing the last picture, i instantly thought to try something else, i thought to glue them together using some liquid fiberglass and then finalize them with the same liquid mixed with some putty so now i don't have to get that much detail as the material next will cover those imperfections plus it will create some kind of melted effect!! I will continue the update in the next post!!
  7. Hello again!! Until the amplification happens, i ordered these goodies!! A semi-modular Cooler Master 750watt psu and an angled hdmi cable which i'll need for the lcd screen!! Later on today, i will be finishing the lamda and the 2 logo which will be glued on the side panels!! Lets get started finishing the Freeman's computer!! He will get very angry if it doesn't!!
  8. Hello again!! Day time and i had to fill another crack on the first side panel!! Same mixture, same procedure but no thinning!! Next in the evening, i went to take some goodies i ordered for the "cause"!! What is it all about is two orange BitFenix fans and an EK slim single radiator!! Next, i decided to take the other side panel to fix a crack!! Here again goes all the same procedure with little bit of thinning with aceton!! This part i'll let it cure overnight!! What i'm planning next is to amplify the case with some iron angles we use for furniture, until then, Peace Brothers!!
  9. Hello again!! What i was talking about is that i found a crack along the effect's outline and kind of gave me goosebumps of fear!! I wanted to think of what i will do so i found out that i should amplify it with a mixture that a friend told me to!! What is it all about is liquid fiberglass mixed with two element epoxy glue and some silicon!! At first, i made it without thinning it so it was quite difficult to get it to go into the crack so i used a syringe for that purpose!! Enough talking, lets get to business!! Here is the crack!! I would like to apologize for the image quality because it was quite dark and little lighting!! Next i took some liquid fiberglass, a two element epoxy and some silicon glue and mixed them together!! Here is the first pass without thinning the mixture!! The mixture is quite dry and....hot!! Next, i decided to make the mixture thinner using aceton, the only liquid material that thins liquid fiberglass and cleans the equipment used on that material!! So, i took a syringe with two kinds of needles attached and putted them in and outside of the crack to let some liquid go through!! What happens next, is let cure over night and add some more in the day time!! This is a good chance to figure out how i will fuse the two painting techniques i am making in this case mod as the panel will not remain as it is!! For the painting i will be using, i'll inform you later on these days, until then Peace Brothers!!
  10. Hello again!! Today i decided to assemble the front face panel to see how it looks and i must say the result is very promising and satisfying!! Along with that, i run into some serious trouble i found out few hours ago on the side panels which i have to solve very quickly!! I'll post some updates soon, until then, Peace Brothers!!
  11. I would like to apologize for the days i was not posting, i had issues i had to solve, so now, lets get started!! Face panel door is painted with primer and sanded a bit!! So, next it was time to hit it with a thick layer of primer!! Here as you can see, are the main tools to achieve that effect i created to the front face panel!! Next, i painted it with a thick layer of orange color!! I run into a little trouble so i had to stall it until night time, so next i applied a layer of black matt color on it and then (as it was wet) i applied a plastic bag to create that kind of effect and i must say it quite satisfying!! What i'm planning next, is to assembly the whole face panel to see how it is going to look, until then, Peace Brothers!!
  12. Hello again!! Night time now and i decided to work on the face panel door and fitting again the lcd screen after lot of fiberglass resin has dripped where the screen should be mounted!! So, at first, i had to sand the inner section/shroud of the lcd screen!! In the meantime, lots of sanding and detailing was done with two more different bits for the dremel and the lcd screen came up to fit!! Next i decided to paint it with a layer of primer to see how it's going to look!! Next, i thoroughly checked the fiberglass for issues and found a very small gap between the aluminum and the fiberglass which made me a bit anxious so i thought i apply some cold weld there to fill it!! The hole there was a bubble created when i was applying the resin on the hair, so i thought to make it an advantage and then i applied there some cold weld too!! Tomorrow i will be sanding the fiberglass as the primer could not stick properly on the un-sanded area, so next day i will be doing some minor sanding on the cold weld too!! Until then, Peace Brothers!!
  13. Hello and good morning!! A few minutes ago i did some digging and recovered some of my good old goodies which i'll be using here!! What i'm talking about is an Enzotech cpu waterblock, an EK waterblocks tank with pump top mounted, an Ocool pump with the previous top i have and of cource the Phenom 2 1100t!! Those items were previously used in another water cooled case mod i did and i will be restoring their past state or even....painting them!!
  14. Hello and good morning!! Last night was cutting and trimming the edges of the fiberglass made the night before!! So, lets get started!! First i took my faithfull dremel with the speedclic disc on it and cutted the excess fiberglass along the face panel door outline!! First few minutes of cutting!! After that it was time for some more detailing!! I used the stone bit for the dremel!! After that for even more detailing i used some 60 and 80 gritt sandpaper!! Later on today will be done some more sanding and filling the holes with some fiberglass paste and might adding some more effect into the face panel's door area!! Until then, Peace Brothers!!
  15. Hello again!! I was told that what I did was not enough because fiberglass couldn't stick very well on metal surface and had to reinforce the area around the effect of the LCD screen!! So first I took a reinforced hair I had and applied some fiberglass!! Then I added some normal hair to reinforce it better with fiberglass of cource!! It has been reinforced almost everywhere so tomorrow i might do some cutting and sanding on it (after I let it cure overnight) and probably adding some effect, until then Peace Brothers!! Another happy part of the day was that the cpu finally arrived!! What I am talking about is a Phenom 2 1100t 3.3ghz!! It's going to be an exciting time!!
  16. Hello again!! Today I run into some trouble with the door panel and the fiberglass effect i made around the LCD screen!! The fiberglass was starting to remove itself from the aluminum panel and had to enhance it with some liquid fiberglass mixed with some putty!! Next step was to create the mixture!! And then applied in the cracks and all of the panel!! So what i'm doing next (after it dries) is re apply a layer with fiberglass paste in it instead of putty for more durability!!
  17. Hello again!! Yesterday was the day to make two of the pieces i needed for the other side panel which they are going to be placed mirrored on it! So, first i took the previous Lamda i made and marked the masked acrylic!! Next i took the 2 and marked the acrylic as well!! Cutting process went really well on both because the previous saw blade broke and replaced it with a harder one!! Here are all the pieces the perfected and the newly cutted waiting to be finalized!! As you can see there aren't many differences between the finalized and the newly cutted!! Soft saw blade makes the difference!! Later on this night will be doing some details on the lamda and the 2 and tomorrow will be cutting more of those, until then Peace Brothers!!
  18. atcs

    And you will, i have faith that you will accomplish something great, i always believed that people who use hand crafting will thrive!! Don't worry you'll make it!!
  19. Hello again!! I was trying to recover these days so oi apologize for not updating frequently!! So, lets get back to it!! To day was the day i worked a bit on the door panel and the effect around the lcd screen!! So, here i took the masked door panel and unmasked it at first!! Next thing was to figure out how i will create the effect around the screen bezel without ruining the lcd itself!! So what i did, was covering the screen with a plastic bag and putting it where it should be placed that way when the effect will dry it will be easy to remove the screen for painting!! Next i took the remainings of a fiberglass paste can and did the first pass and then did a second pass with more fiberglass applied!! Here is the door panel with the effect applied!! Here is with the bag removed and i must say it is very satisfying!! Here is with the lcd attached!! I think is better than i imagined!!!! It doesn't matter if the lcd bezel is visible it is better like this!! More details will be applied later on tomorrow like painting!! Until then, Peace Brothers!!
  20. atcs

    I really love to see people modding old cases using common tools and not CNC!! Perfecting the imperfection of what you have made with your own hands and seeing the result is the ultimate pleasure and satisfaction for a modder!! Mod on dude!! I want to see the whole process and how it turns out!! Keep it up and impress us!!
  21. Hello again!! Last night was primering the front face panel!! Here is the result!! Since I hadn't with me the main spray cans for the crackle effect, I decided to make something similar but not running off the main color theme but different paint pattern!! Face panel and side covers are painted differently, so now what I am intending to do is try to fuse those two techniques together and not make the whole result look ugly and irrelevant as the matter of painting goes on!! What goes now, is paint the face panel a quite thick layer of orange!! After that is let it dry for a couple of minutes so the next layer of black matt color is applied!! At first I thought i would get the crackle effect but I didn't!! So what I thought instantly was re apply the main colors and create another effect I was working on these days, that is the plastic bag effect!! What it is all about is to create layers of colors and as it is still wet you apply a plastic bag on it and remove it seconds later to create a random and abstract effect on the paint!! So my next step was to cover all the face panel with black matt and instantly apply a plastic bag on it and the result after some detailing is this!! More than satisfying and promising!!!! I couldn't post this update without showing the "suspects" for that effect!! What comes next, is doing some minor detailing in the 5.25" bays where the Freeman is going to be placed!! Cpu is ordered which is a Phenom 2 1100t!! I don't intend to have a perfect surface anywhere, so any minor bumps or excess fiberglass and putty is acceptable as it is part of the whole concept!! Until then, Peace Brothers!!
  22. Hello again!! Not much done these days because I had preparations with my band for a live!! Well let's gets down to it!! So, first things first, I got the 5.25" bays to see how the figure will actually look like inside!! Next thing was tear down the drive locks!! Next thing was to cut the holders of the plastic locks!! The Freeman observes the process!! The judgement is going to be harsh!! Next I decided to cover the side with acrylic!! So, I took measurements with a calliper at first!! Next I took a piece of acrylic and masked it for further marking!! The cut was a failure and re did the whole process after I broke a saw blade and replaced it with a harder one!! This is the new part which I had to do on it quite a bit of filling until it comes into shape!! Sanding and filling goes on!! Here is the final piece, needs some minor adjustments but it fits properly!! What will be done next is to sand it down and paint it with the plastic bag technique and apply the game logo on it maybe using a technique too!! More minor cutting and further modifications will be done tomorrow!! Until then, Peace Brothers!!
  23. Hello again!! Two days of working and quite many things happened!! So lets start!! Day one, i decided to make the third piece of acrylic using the first 2 as a template!! Cutting might not be very perfect, but there is always the sanding!! In the meantime of the sanding, i decided to make the third piece of the lamda using the previous ones as a template!! Here the cutting is not very perfect but as i mentioned before there is always the sanding!! Next step was to apply double sided adhesive tape on the legs of the lamda to stick them together and sand them all down!! Few minutes of sanding!! In the meantime, i was looking around my desk and found a key-lock which i am definitely thinking of using it on the case, but i don't have the proper key, who said we can't mod an already acquired key?? Day two, it was complete sanding the acrylic day, so first things first, i decided to sand and perfect the three pieces of the 2 logo!! Again, i used double sided adhesive tape to stick them together!! Attached all together!! So now, lets start sanding and cutting the excess acrylic using my faithful dremel!! For some details, i used that bit!! Here are the pieces finalized!! All that remains now is tear them apart and apply a two element glue!! Next thing was sanding down the lamdas!! Next, i decided to start making the housing for the lcd screen in the face door!! I took measurements and found out the center of the face!! Next was getting the half length of the lcd screen using a digital calliper!! Next was marking the face door!! So lets start cutting!! I used, at first, what was left of the previous speedclic!! Few minutes of cutting and that happens!! So, i changed the cutting disc to a new one and kept going!! ] After quite long cutting and lots lots of debris, the cut has been made thankfully but in every metal cut we always some filling!! Now it's time to bring this kind of bit to the filling process!! This bit wasn't very adequate so i removed it sticked to the classic files, so after long cutting, trimming, filing and destroying a speedclic, the lcd screen has made her way to the door panel!! What i realized today was, this aluminum destroys the reinforced discs for fun and it makes lots of debris, so respirator and safety glasses is very hard to use at once, so choose what's safer for you!! Tomorrow and on, i will be making some more acrylic logos of the lamda the the 2 so be patient!! Until then, Peace Brothers!!
  24. Hello again!! Night time now and doing an update of the whole day!! Since today was a sunny day, it was great to start working on the new tools I got!! Let's do a slight unboxing and showcasing of the goodies I'm going to work on!! Some acrylic sheets, masking tape, a razor, the logo template and of course the Dremel Moto saw!! Zip tie locked!! Here is what lies inside the case!! Let's now set up the tool!! Different saw blades and chose this one!! Better for soft materials like acrylic!! Saw blade attached!! The tool is ready and now let's focus on cutting the template!! First in line is the lamda, so let's start with the razor!! The paper is thicker than the rest so I had to do a second pass!! Now it's time to start masking the acrylic and take measurements!! Using a pencil I marked the lamda's outline on the masking tape!! The cutted lamda is not perfect so I had to start filling and sanding it's corners and edges!! Next, I decided to make another lamda using a marker instead of a pencil!! The result is ugly BUT, everything can be fixed and made how they are meant to be!! Next in line was to attach the two lamda's together and sand them both down!! Not quite perfect right?? Filling and sanding of the lamda's process!! Different files, different purpose!! Now is the time to cut the 2!! It was quite tricky I must say because of the curves!! Let's mark the acrylic!! Here is after the cutting process!! Ugly right?? The true meaning is not to throw everything imperfect but making perfect something imperfect!! Detailed and sanded with 80 and 100 gritt sand paper and some hand files!! I'm really happy and satisfied with the result!! A little showcasing in the night time!! Next I decided to make another 2 of the logo!! I added some double sided tape between the acrylics to stay still!! At the end of the day, lots of filling and sanding has been made and in the morning more detailing and sanding will be done!! Until then, Peace Brothers!!
  25. Hello again!! I had to take a day off so i managed to make a list about what i needed to proceed!! So, i brought with me my new assistant in the "crime" the Dremel moto saw, the logo i cutted for the side panel and some pieces of acrylic i managed to get!! To give you a hint, what will be done tomorrow, is cut the lamda's outline, the 2's and then mark the acrylic accordingly so then it will be cutted!! More will be done tomorrow as it is quite late right now!! Peace Brothers!!